noun, plural ca·pac·i·ties.
- maximum possible output.
Origin of capacity
Synonyms for capacity
Related Words for capacityscope, space, quantity, size, readiness, strength, talent, power, facility, capability, efficiency, skill, competence, extent, proportions, sweep, measure, contents, retention, dimensions
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Contemporary Examples of capacity
Specifically, the pilots got themselves into a high altitude stall, where the wings lose the capacity to provide lift.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
Foxx says that he thinks this generation has the capacity to keep pushing through racial barriers.Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
First up is the larger wash still, its capacity ranging from 25,000 to 30,000 liters.When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters
December 9, 2014
We are overwhelmed with data from every quarter, and our capacity to filter fact from fraud is limited.The Facts About Ferguson Matter, Dammit
December 3, 2014
It was beyond the capacity of any human cryptologist to decipher the signals.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
Historical Examples of capacity
I have an abiding faith in their capacity, integrity and high purpose.
Be it considered, also, that men often overestimate their capacity for evil.Fancy's Show-Box (From "Twice Told Tales")
It is not a question of His giving, but of my capacity to take.
In growth all is adjusted to capacity; it is not meant to shock, force, or frighten.
There is a fascination in this view in its capacity for change.Yorkshire Painted And Described
noun plural -ties
- the maximum amount something can contain or absorb (esp in the phrase filled to capacity)
- (as modifier)a capacity crowd
- the number of words or characters that can be stored in a particular storage device
- the range of numbers that can be processed in a register
Word Origin for capacity
early 15c., from Middle French capacité "ability to hold" (15c.), from Latin capacitatem (nominative capacitas) "breadth, capacity, capability of holding much," noun of state from capax (genitive capacis) "able to hold much," from capere "to take" (see capable). Meaning "largest audience a place can hold" is 1908.